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Freefall into the Future

I have recently completed the 8 week Transformation Intensive here at the ALP. I had high hopes for my own transformation in whatever ways I needed to learn...

To say that I have been impressed by my own evolution by the end of my time here would be such an understatement. I have literally turned my life around, and the fundamental meaning of what it is to live, to be alive, has shifted so profoundly and at times quickly that sometimes I have been running on air in order to keep up with my own transformation. Its been exciting and terrifying!

Being here at ALP, on the course and living with people who already live here, participating in their lifestyle is beautiful. I have learned, at the ripe old age of 47, how to incorporate daily living, having a work orientated schedule, alongside a spiritual life, one based on wholeness, being part of the whole, and contribution to the whole based on positive participation and initiative. It requires complete honesty and integrity alongside open communication, to live like this. And it is this simple focus and expectation that have shown me where the ‘cracks’ are in my own levels of maturity and participation.

I have struggled with such issues as...

• wanting my own space at the expense of others
• lack of involvement due to low self worth
• not believing that my contribution is worthwhile
• food
• self protection at all costs based on a belief I held about ‘poverty’ and ‘scarcity’. I protected my energy, time, resources and physical space. It was really everywhere in my life!

The beauty of this Intensive is that as issues come up for me, it was completely safe to share them with everyone living here at ALP, either over dinner or in one of the group sessions for instance. I was then supported to develop a new, free relationship towards any internal experience, into expansion and freedom. Cynthia and Pete are quick to respond to any ‘egoic’ reactions that myself and others have displayed. Cynthia has firmly and safely pushed me and others through our ego ‘tantrums’ so that we can come out the other side laughing and joyful, filled with space instead of divided and shutdown. And gradually (but very quickly actually!) I have shifted some things inside me so completely that I realize that not only am I OK, but I now have a bigger purpose in life. To evolve, to keep evolving and to serve humanity and our planet in any way I can, for the absolute good of everybody and everything. It is what I always wanted to do, but I always got in my own way, sabotaged any plans I made to be of service to the whole.

Now, through my own experience, I realize at times that I AM the whole and the only way to go is forwards into ……??????? How exciting! Liberation and Freedom are now becoming my companions, instead of victimhood and struggle.

For the first time in my life I think that’s it is GREAT to be alive, and who I am (the little I) has no place to get in the way of that!

I still have ego. It won’t leave probably forever, but I can pay no attention to its messages of conflict and separation.

Ever awakening to the evolution that is me, I will continue to reintegrate the consciousness and maturity inherent in us all.

I intend to become a beacon of light, peace and goodness and serve with grace and compassion for the rest of my life.

I don’t know if I would have found the strength to aim so high without the dedication and love of my beautiful new companions in life, here at the Awakened Life Project. Their strength and intention to create a new culture based on that which is Good, True & Beautiful can become a reality if each one of us ‘wakes up’, jumps out of the safety nets and freefalls into the future. WOW!

Sky Cullen, UK

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The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.


Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita
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